Australian news, and some related international items

China has more than doubled its end-of-decade solar power target

China has more than doubled its end-of-decade solar power target, with new
installations dramatically outstripping expectation, according to the
government’s energy agency. By the end of July this year, China’s solar
PV capacity topped 112GW, after installing a stunning 35GW in just seven
months — more than twice as much as installed by any other country in all
of 2016.

As a result, total solar PV capacity now exceeds the government’s 2020 goal of 105GW, set as recently as last year. This could have created a very confusing situation for the industry – after years of
record-setting installations, there was no target to hit – but the
National Energy Administration (NEA) responded by setting new, ambitious
annual installation targets.

These targets would take capacity to 213GW in
2020 — which is five times larger than current capacity of the United
States. That would mean covering an area of land equivalent to greater
London – 1500km2 – with solar panels. Current growth rates suggest
China could even surpass that new, higher target.


August 28, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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